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Artificial Intelligence tools: Boon to Engineering Education or a threat?

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2023 Fall Mid Atlantic Conference: Meeting our students where they are and getting them where they need to be

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Ewing, New Jersey

Publication Date

October 27, 2023

Start Date

October 27, 2023

End Date

January 10, 2024

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11

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10.18260/1-2--45116

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https://peer.asee.org/45116

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Rajarajan Subramanian Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, The Capital College

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Rajarajan Subramanian is currently serving as an Associate Teaching Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction (SDCET) programs at Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg. Previously, he worked as a Transportation Engineer at the Maryland State Highway Administration.
He has 25 years of teaching experience and 10 years of professional engineering experience.

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Sofia M Vidalis Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, The Capital College

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Sofia Vidalis is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering/Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology at Penn State Harrisburg. She received her Ph.D., Masters, and Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of F

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Abstract

In the middle of the year 2022, a big media attention was created by the introduction of a new version of the AI tool, ChatGPT chatbot. Basically, a chatbot is a computer program that simulates and processes human conversation (either written or spoken), allowing humans to interact with digital devices as if they were communicating with a real person. Even though the launch of ChatGPT was not felt by the common public, the technical circle knew about its inauguration, and the media space was flooded with shocked reactions.

Anyone can open the ChatGPT program and type in the word or phrase about something he/she wants to know, then the ChatGPT is going to spit out a short or long essay or summary of what is being asked. Suppose a student is asked to submit a report or an essay on a particular topic for a class, then the ChatGPT can be used to write that essay or report.

This paper is going to discuss the details of the impact on Engineering Education by ChatGPT and other AI tools. Some people argue that AI and ChatGPT are going to bring down traditional education style and a new way of disseminating the subject knowledge may be introduced. Some educators think that the teachers may lose their jobs. Many people started to test the limits of the released software. The tool is able to produce high-quality texts of various focuses even with the ability to respond in various languages (internally, they are machine-translated into English similar to “Google Translate”). Another strength of ChatGPT is contextual querying, where ChatGPT remembers previous queries and creates new results based on an earlier conversation. This paper is going to talk about the pros and cons of using ChatGPT and AI tools in Engineering Education.

Subramanian, R., & Vidalis, S. M. (2023, October), Artificial Intelligence tools: Boon to Engineering Education or a threat? Paper presented at 2023 Fall Mid Atlantic Conference: Meeting our students where they are and getting them where they need to be, Ewing, New Jersey. 10.18260/1-2--45116

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